Since I got my alert that my Magneto, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver three-pack is arriving this week, I felt shamed enough into hurrying up and writing my review on the Legendary Riders Professor X figure.
Packaging: Not that you’d know what this set is from the packaging. There’s no mention of the Prof at all on the front, just the wide X-Men logo and an open window showcasing all of the various parts. The side features Charles deep in thought channeling a psychic blast.
On the back we get a decent bio although it amazingly doesn’t mention that Xavier founded the X-Men. On the right side we’re shown some of the features that come with the figure, which is a nice touch and feels a little old school for me.
The insert is pretty cool as it shows the 90s cartoon team if you had any doubts about the inspiration for this set or why the white outfit Storm was chosen first for the Marvel Legends Retro X-Men wave.
Likeness: Chuck gets the updated suit body we’ve seen on characters like Killgrave. It gets the job done and doesn’t really matter in the long run. I do kinda wish Hasbro went with the jumpsuit look as the Toy Biz Professor X in the suit captured that look just fine.
I like the head sculpt as it features a contemplative expression and the hands double up with a right hand we’ve seen previously with Cyclops, used here for deep thought poses. The left hand is open for pleading and gesturing poses. I like the options here.
Paint: Xavier’s suit is clean and crisp with solid line work on the tie. The most important aspect of this figure was the eyebrows and they’re painted properly.
Scale: You really shouldn’t have Xavier standing, but he’s basic height and slighter than the more muscular bucks like the Bucky Cap one.
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Articulation: Again, articulation isn’t a priority with this guy, but for peace of mind, he’s got all of the essential poses while he’s in his chair and you can get creative with how you’d like to pose him thanks to the space.
Professor Xavier has:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- elbow (double-jointed)
- wrist hinge
- knee (double-jointed)
Accessories: OK, here’s the big deal about this figure. We’d gotten the wheelchair look before, but now we get Xavier’s hover chair. It’s scaled nicely and he’s not cramped in the seat. I’m impressed at the level of detail with the various paneling and edges. Hasbro’s sculptors did a great job on making the chair look as realistic as possible.
One thing that’s a bit of an issue is the way the chair was split creates a seam right down the middle. It’s one of those deals where once you see it, it’s hard not to see it again.
There’s a cushion pad for Xavier’s back as well as a blanket. Comfort is important when you’re bossing around the X-Men.
Chuck’s also got the Cerebro helmet. This fits nicely on his head without looking silly. That’s reserved for the Cerebro effect piece, which looks unintentionally goofy.
He’s also got a hover effect piece to simulate Xavier on the move. It plus in easily to the bottom of the chair and supports everything without any trouble. I prefer keeping the hover effect off so Xavier isn’t looking down at his X-Men.
Additionally, Xavier comes with the head of the Shadow King. This can go on the Kingpin BAF and is a great bonus. I love the accessories that can be used for BAFs.
Worth it? This set runs about $40. Considering the intricacy of the chair, that’s basically $20 for it and the extra accessories covers the extra value. It’s a fair price for this kind of deluxe presentation.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
Seam and suited outfit instead of jumpsuit attire aside, this is a pretty definitive take on Professor Xavier and a perfect centerpiece for your X-Men collection.
Where to get it? I’ve seen Xavier’s line mate Deadpool at Target so try there or you can go the Amazon or Hasbro Pulse route.